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The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

To be released August 5, 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Author Information: Jim Davies

Contact: jim@jimdavies.org; work phone 613-520-2600 x1109

Agent: Don Fehr of Trident Media Group Literary Agency

Biography: Jim Davies is an associate professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, he explores processes of visualization in humans and machines and specializes in artificial intelligence, analogy, problem-solving, and the psychology of art, religion, and creativity. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems, and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds.

In his spare time, he is a published poet, an internationally-produced playwright, and a professional painter, calligrapher, and swing dancer. His book Riveted: Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Makes us Feel One with the Universe will be released August 5, 2014.


Book Information

Title: Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe
Author: Jim Davies
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 5, 2014)
Language: English (complex Chinese forthcoming)
ISBN-10: 113727901X
ISBN-13: 978-1137279019
APA Citation: Davies, J. (2014). Riveted: The science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe. Palgrave Macmillan.

Riveted reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Author Photos of Jim Davies

Photo credit Daniel Thompson photography.

JimDavies (jim@jimdavies.org) Author photograph by Daniel Thompson Photography